in my basket, on the page, in my oven

yarn:::

I’m still working my way through [this project].  If it’s done before the end of the year it’ll be nothing short of a miracle.  That said, I do enjoy the repetition, crochet’s mini-project ways of short bursts of color selection.  I love how I’m using up all sorts of ends of skeins where each tells a story:  bits of stuffed tiger tail here, newborn babe’s hat there, cuff of sweater here.  It’s so much easier on my fingers and ever since I undertook knitting small creatures who fit inside Altoid’s tins, my crampy hands needed a break from size 1 and 2 needles.  
And so, in the spaces between waiting for piano lessons to end, school to get out, little ladies to finish bits of grape and extra-sharp Vermont cheddar, I’ll Granny Square on.

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It doesn’t grow in my yard, yet.  I’m almost to the point of standing on street’s corner with Wanted, Rhubarb scrawled on cardboard.  Before this spring, I’d only tasted it mixed with strawberries.  Now, with the familiar tang on my tongue, I can’t get enough.
rhubarb
I’m a crust connoisseur.  I like to lick spatulas, cooking spoons and maybe for this reason alone I enjoy cooking with ingredients my great, great grandmother may have used, I find shortening and Crisco just freak me out.  I like my crust firm and rich, like well-sliced and toasted homemade bread.  I believe a sideways folk should slide easily down to plate, up to taste.  Oh, I love my rhubarb finely chopped.

Rhubarb Pie
Hot Water Pie Pastry
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter
3 cups flour
2/3 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 tsp salt
Pour boiling water over butter and beat in Kitchen Aid until it becomes a smooth liquid.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt into liquid.  Stir together until it becomes a solid ball, chill wrapped in wax paper in the fridge.
Rhubarb
1 cup finely chopped rhubarb
1 cup organic, unbleached sugar
2 TBL flour, depending upon dew point.  Dry climates may require less.
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix ingredients.
Roll out a top and a bottom between two pieces of wax paper.
Place bottom shell in greased pie pan and pour rhubarb mix in.  I like to have my seven-year-old practice her lattice skills on pie’s top, then place in a hot oven, 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Then, reduce to a 350 degrees and bake for about 40 minutes.  Let pie rest for twenty minutes before enjoying.

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At a yard sale years ago, I picked up Stitchery for Children.  It’s a fabulous book for sewing alongside children with ideas for sewing atop doodles and creating unique projects.  My friend at Dig This Chick recently helped her sweet daughter create a teacher gift that sparked my idea for a Daddy pillowcase with sewn doodles.
Olive was sleeping upstairs while Lucy and I crafted for a few hours.  She was in heaven.  We patched last summer’s stained frocks: placed cute fabric balloons with threads as balloon’s string over ice cream stains and took an old and pink polka-dotted t-shirt of mine and turned it into a skirt for Lucy.  She was amazed at how a quick cut below the sleeves, a fold over and elastic band makes it new, wearable and just her size.
Please excuse the fact that Lucy wants to keep this wadded up under her own pillow until Father’s Day and, thus, creating a million wrinkles.
We started with fabric I found I received more than a decade ago when Luke’s grandma passed away.  I’ve been saving the half-yard for just the right time.  Lucy traced some large letters onto the fabric, and together we ironed some heat-bond interfacing for rigidity.  We took turns cutting out the letters, I showed her how to iron the letters in place.  She helped sew the letters atop my lap, giggling as she always does when she’s doing something she loves.
She drew with fine-point colored Sharpie (cardboard between to prevent bleed through) and we stitched over her drawings.  True to her nature, she likes the zig zag best.
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pages:::
I found this book for $5 on a recent trip to the east coast.  It always cracks me up when things from the early 1950s aren’t considered old like they are here on the western shore.  I’ve been obsessed with NPR’s This I Believe podcast for so long and wrote my About poem based on the concept.
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The pages are so old,
I turn carefully as to not unbind, unhinge.
Hidden from sunlight
god knows where
there is no yellow, no faded brittleness.
I savor each part, each mini-chapter
in the time it takes to make a granny square
I come across another believe,
another prose-y belief:
so beautiful.
Awhile to find
this article, this piece
from the 60s
about living each day to the fullest
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so,
with this book in my basket
I am reminded
if I don’t get to the moon today,
there’s always tomorrow.
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What’s in your basket, your oven, your heart?
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joining Ginny for yarn along.

21 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    first, the thought of you standing out on the road with a rhubarb wanted sign, made me belly laugh. that would make my day if i saw that.

    the stitching book, i see that in the future for my Em. love her little stitch drawing.

    and last the book, LOVE IT. i found a worn 1950's girl scout handbook last year that was yellowed and fragile, but i took it home and loved it to death.

    love your sharing!!

  • PKJ says:

    Wow, what a sweet father's day treasure! and I too love Rhubarb, though I have mostly mixed it with strawberries. I'm not sure the kids are ready for it straight. (The husband either)

    • Jaxon says:

      Great features, and I love the idea of using old silver to hold items in the bathroom! I also like the tweaking you&3#9;ve been doing at your place!Kat

  • swanski says:

    The book is a fabulous find! I bet is smells really old and good (love the smell of old books). The stitching is so sweet. And one day you will finish crocheting and it will look miraculous!

  • oh yes, rhubarb is such a tasty treat. and i love the project you're working on for that man of yours…so sweet.

  • Oh love the rhubarb…first sign of summer.So many fun projects!

  • SuzyQ says:

    I just loved this post 🙂 We are big rhubarb fans… and pastry fans 🙂
    I love your granny squares. I have an ambition to make a granny square blanket one day 🙂
    Your girl's sewing is just lovely.

  • Pink Ronnie says:

    I really like the colours of your granny squares!
    I must learn to crochet one day…
    Ronnie xo

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